Kendall County Pioneers 1828-1840

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It is now approximately 175 years since the first people moved into what became Kendall County. The first pioneers settled near the timber. They believed the trees would help protect them from the fierce winds that blew across the prairie. They also needed to be near a source of building material, and fuel for cooking and heating their homes.

The pioneer's best source of water was a good spring. Initially springs were plentiful and the settlers clustered around them. After the most desirable land was taken, pioneers began to drain the sloughs. When the sloughs were drained, the springs dried up and the pioneers were forced to seek other sources of drinking water. Initially wells were dug by hand, but the depth a well could be dug was limited. It was not until the late eighteen seventies or early eighteen eighties, that well drilling technology advanced to the point that deeper wells could be drilled. The ability to drill a well, even through solid rock, was a major factor in the development of the area away from the timber and streams that flowed through the groves.

When the first settlers arrived, the closest mill was near Peoria. Under normal circumstances, taking wheat or corn to the mill required several days. When weather was bad, a round trip to the mill could take two or three weeks.

Initially wheat was the only marketable commodity. Chicago was the nearest market but there were no roads between Kendall County and Chicago. The grain had to be hauled there by wagon, sloughs were numerous and difficult to pass through, and rivers and creeks had to be crossed without the benefit of bridges. A round trip to Chicago often required several days.

During the initial settlement period there was virtually no money in circulation, requiring the pioneers to trade one commodity or skill for another. If they became ill or were injured, they had to rely on their own medical skill to survive.

Those who led the way had to survive droughts, prairie fires, storms, harsh economic times, and much other depravation.

To the extent possible, the following represents a list of the names, and the genealogy of the pioneers and settlers who came to Kendall County before January 1, 1841. In some cases it was not possible to determine the pioneer's date and place of death. In other cases pioneers were tracked for a while and then lost. Information in brackets [ ] within the second "Place" column indicates the last place and time the compiler was able to find that person. For example, [Burlington, IA 1910] means the last genealogical sighting of the person referred to was Burlington, Iowa in 1910.

Some of the entries are incomplete. Addition information or corrections will be gratefully accepted.

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SurnameGiven NameMoDyYrPlace of BirthMoDyYrPlace of DeathTwpYearCode
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SurnameGiven NameMoDyYrPlace of BirthMoDyYrPlace of DeathTwpYearCode
Johnson Margaret A. Johnson (d. Bradford Hemenway Johnson & ?) (mar. David S. Hollenback) Mar 20 1842 Bristol, IL Jun 16 1902 Aurora, IL 06/18/1902 MN
Aldrich Delia Augusta (Southworth)(Mrs. Lyell T.) Jan 15 1828 Camden, NY Feb 1 1911 Millington, IL BG 1839 HI
Allen Sophia (Kellogg)(Mrs. Varanas Van)(d. Sherman & Sarah) Oct 8 1807 Castleton, VT Jan 2 1885 Portland, OR BG 1836 HI
Ament Eunice (Mrs. John Viele) abt 1781 Dansville, NY Dec 8 1839 Kendall Co., IL BG 1831 HI
Amey Charlotte (Holderman)(Mrs. Charles A.) Sep 24 1840 Big Grove Twp, IL Aug 23 1901 Manlius Twp, La Salle Co., IL BG 1840 HI
Armour Christiana (Mrs. James) abt 1810 Scotland nf 1870 [Dayton, IL 1860] BG 1838 HI
Armour George (bro.James)(owned store in Newark) abt 1812 Scotland aft 1850 [Chicago, IL 1850] BG 1838 HI
Armour James (bro. George)(owned store in Newark) abt 1803 Scotland nf 1870 [Dayton, IL 1860] BG 1838 HI
Badgley Miranda C. (Hill, Mrs.)(2nd Mrs. Anthony) May ng 1813 Massachusetts Jun 9 1890 Newark, IL BG 1839 OS
Bagwill Almira Silence (Neff)(Mrs. William Henry) Feb 11 1818 Rockford, IN Mar 26 1882 Madrid, Boone Co.,IA BG 1839 LE
Bagwill Francis "Frank" (s. William Henry & Almira Silence (Neff)) Jan 28 1838 Kendall Co., IL 1917 McGill, NV BG 1839 LE
Bagwill Orange (s. William Henry & Almira Silence (Neff)) Feb 19 1837 La Salle Co., IL Jul 10 1901 Morgan Hill, CA BG 1839 LE
Bagwill William Henry (s. Elijah & Edith (Chambers)) Mar 15 1813 Leesville, IN Jul 10 1901 Madrid, Boone Co.,IA BG 1839 LE
Barker Benjamin F. (s. Samuel & Susannah (Rogers)) abt 1834 Oneida Co., NY Feb 7 1888 Onawa, Monona Co., IA BG 1837
Barker Eunice Ellen (d. Samuel & Susannah (Rogers)) Jan 30 1838 Big Grove Twp, IL Jan 1 1907 Sutter, CA BG 1837
Barker Harriet (d. Samuel & Susannah (Rogers)) abt 1822 Oneida Co., NY nds BG 1837
Barker Jennette (d. Samuel & Susannah (Rogers)) abt 1832 Oneida Co., NY nf 1900 [Chebanse, IL 1880] BG 1837
Barker Julia Ann (d. Samuel & Susannah (Rogers)) Aug 30 1828 Mattison, NY Mar 8 1894 Aurora, IL BG 1837
Barker Louisa (d. Samuel & Susannah (Rogers)) abt 1817 Oneida Co., NY nds BG 1837
Barker Martha Maria (d. Samuel & Susannah (Rogers)) May ng 1830 Oneida Co., NY Sep 28 1901 Aurora, IL BG 1837
Barker Mary Jane (d. Samuel & Susannah (Rogers)) Jun 4 1820 Oneida Co., NY Apr 17 1884 Lisbon, IL BG 1837
Barker Samuel abt 1792 Windsor, VT Mar 9 1872 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1837
Barker Susannah (Rogers)(Mrs. Samuel) abt 1796 New Hampshire Feb 9 1872 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1837
Barker William M. (s. Samuel & Susannah (Rogers)) abt 1824 Oneida Co., NY Sep 20 1858 Lisbon Twp, IL BG 1837
Barnard Helen Hinsdale (Tracy)(Mrs. Nathaniel P., Sr.) Aug 16 1816 Rome, NY Jul 30 1886 Newark, IL BG 1838 OS
Barnard Henry (brother of James & Nathaniel P., Sr.) nds nds BG 1837
Barnard James (brother of Henry & Nathaniel P., Sr.) nds nds BG 1837
Barnard Nathaniel Pease, Sr. Mar 27 1806 Whitesboro, NY Apr 28 1892 Newark, IL BG 1838 OS
Barnes Amanda (Mrs. Benjamin C.) abt 1805 New York Nov 5 1878 Morris, IL BG 1837
Barnes Ambrose Waterhouse (s. Elijah & Betsey (Wheeler)) May 25 1819 Bakersfield, VT abt 1874 Bakersfield, VT BG 1836
Barnes Benjamin C. (86 yrs) abt 1797 Massachusetts Aug 16 1883 Morris, IL BG 1837
Barnes Charles Montgomery (s. Rev. Romulus & Olivia (Denham)) Sep ng 1833 Illinois nf 1910 [Chicago, IL 1900] BG 1833
Barnes David Waterman (s. Benjamin C. & Amanda) Sep 18 1831 Oneida Co., NY Feb 6 1911 Lisbon, IL BG 1837
Barnes Henry A. (s. Benjamin C. & Amanda) abt 1834 New York nds BG 1837
Barnes Jane (d. Benjamin C. & Amanda) abt 1836 New York nds BG 1837
Barnes Joseph (s. Rev. Romulus & Olivia (Denham)) abt 1835 Illinois nds BG 1835
Barnes Nancy (d. Benjamin C. & Amanda) abt 1838 Illinois nds BG 1838
Barnes Olivia (Denham)(Mrs. Romulus) Feb 22 1807 Conway, MA Apr 19 1887 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1833
Barnes Romulus, Rev. (s. Daniel & Sarah (Webster)) abt 1800 Sep 24 1846 Big Grove Twp, IL BG 1833
Barnes Samuel (s. Rev. Romulus & Olivia (Denham)) abt 1838 Big Grove Twp, IL nds BG 1838
Barnes Sarah (d. Rev. Romulus & Olivia (Denham)) abt 1837 Illinois nds BG 1837
Barrows Elijah Jul 28 1791 Westmoreland, NH Feb 14 1886 Newark, IL BG 1837 HI
Barrows Elsa "Almira" (Newton)(Mrs. Thaddeus) Mar 23 1831 Conklin, NY Nov 30 1895 Sandwich, IL BG 1836
Barrows George Dunbar (s. Elijah & Seraphina (Daggett)) Dec 1 1819 Westmoreland, NH Feb 22 1904 Newark, IL BG 1837 HI
Barrows Horace, Sr. (s. Elijah & Seraphina (Daggett))(76 yrs) abt 1814 New Hampshire Jun 13 1890 Sandwich, IL BG 1837 HI
Barrows Lydia (Mott)(Mrs. James) abt 1829 Vermont nf 1860 [Big Grove Twp, IL 1850] BG 1837
Barrows Mariah (Sears)(Mrs. Hiram) abt 1809 New York Feb 13 1870 BG 1837
Barrows Phoebe Ann (Stowell)(Mrs. George Dunbar) Mar 24 1822 Perry, OH Jun 9 1910 Newark, IL BG 1836
Barrows Seraphina (Daggett)(Mrs. Elijah) abt 1789 Vermont Apr 14 1883 Sheridan, IL BG 1837 HI
Barrows Thaddeus (s. Elijah & Seraphina (Daggett)) Oct 17 1830 Belfast, NY Mar 29 1892 Sandwich, IL BG 1837 HI
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Data last uploaded on 2013-06-22 18:28:37-0500 CDT by Elmer Dickson